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Another rape case collapses after defence find photos proving suspect’s innocence

16th January 2018 - The Telegraph

A rape case has collapsed just days before it was due to begin, after it emerged that photographs showing the defendant in bed with his accuser had not been disclosed to the defence.

Samson Makele, 28, was due to go on trial later this month, accused of raping a woman he met at the Notting Hill Carnival in 2016.

But at a pre-trial hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Courton Monday, prosecutors offered no evidence after discovering that crucial photographs had not been disclosed by detectives.

Paris Theodorou, a criminal defence lawyer, who represented Mr Makele comments…

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Hodge Jones & Allen duo shortlisted for Society of Asian Lawyers awards 2017

11th October 2017 - Society of Asian Lawyers

We are delighted to announce that our Managing Partner Vidisha Joshi and Raj Chada, a partner in the criminal defence team have been shortlisted for Society of Asian Lawyers awards 2017.

Vidisha has been nominated in two categories, in the Rising Star category and Civil/Commercial Lawyer of the Year, and Raj as a Criminal Lawyer of the Year.

The Awards ceremony, where winners will be announced, is taking place at The Lancaster Hotel, Nine Kings Suite, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY on Saturday 28th October 2017.

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Barclays to face fraud charges, SFO announces

21st June 2017 - The Law Society Gazette

The Serious Fraud Office has charged Barclays and four of its former executives with conspiracy to commit fraud. The charges, which also include the provision of unlawful financial assistance, were announced today. They relate to fundraising arrangements by the bank during the financial crisis in 2008 when it raised billions of pounds from Qatar to stay afloat.

According to the SFO, the charges concern Barclays’s capital raising arrangements with sovereign wealth fund Qatar Holding LLC and Challenger Universal Ltd as well as a $3 billion (£2.3bn) loan facility made available to the State of Qatar acting through the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2008.

Former chief executive John Varley is among the charged as well as senior executives Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath.

Barclays plc, Varley, Jenkins, Kalaris and Boath have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in relation to capital raising in June 2008.

In addition, Barclays, Varley and Jenkins have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in relation to capital raising in October 2008 as well as with unlawful financial assistance.

Jenkins, who is now based in the US, is being represented by Brad Kaufman, of international firm Greenberg Traurig.

Barclays said it is ‘considering its position’ in relation to the developments.

The defendants are scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at on 3 July.

Raj Chada, Criminal Defence partner, comments…

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Pre-charge bail: ‘Years of waiting left me feeling suicidal’

3rd May 2017 - BBC News - Victoria Derbyshire programme

People kept on police bail for months, or even years, say it left them feeling suicidal and unable to move on with their lives. New rules have changed how long people can be bailed for, but will it have the desired effect? “I was in a terribly dark place. You lose all dignity, you lose all purpose,” David Prince tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Criminal Defence partner Ruth Harris comments on changes to police bail.

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How do you make a citizen’s arrest?

26th April 2017 - Yahoo News

Catching a criminal suspect should usually be left to the police, but circumstances sometimes arise where a member of the public can intervene.

This is known as a citizen’s arrest. But how does it work, and should you ever attempt one? Here’s what you need to know:

What does the law say about a citizen’s arrest?

Sean Caulfield, a Partner in Criminal Defence team, comments…

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